Yuri Alcantara did not know he would play the role of "Best Supporting Actor" when he signed the papers to fight Pedro Nobre at UFC on FX 7.
After a nice opening to the fight that saw each fighter tee off and aggressively push forward, Alcantara worked his way to back mount and threw some vicious punches to the ears of his opponent.
Referee Dan Miragliotta warned Alcantara to "watch the back of the head," but Alcantara doesn't speak English.
After a couple more shots, Miragliotta halted the action and gave Nobre time to recover.
Rather, Big Dan tried to give Nobre time to recover. Instead of sucking it up, recovering and fighting on, Nobre played the hand he was dealt. He knew that if he feigned injury, he could escape the fight with a no-contest on his record.
He was getting dominated. This was his out, and he took it.
It does, but upon several replays of the sequence, it became clear that Alcantara never touched the back of Nobre's head with any of his strikes. Adding to this, as commentator Kenny Florian noted, the shots Alcantara threw were not particularly malicious.
Look, Nobre might have been legitimately hurt—it's easy for me to nitpick from the comfort of my home.
However, I'm calling it like I saw it here, and Nobre plainly faked his way to a no-contest.